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I have a lovely looking new basil plant in my kitchen,

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lucysmam Sat 30-Aug-08 18:05:00

now what do I do with it? Apart from enjoy the smell which has taken over the kitchen but is lovely

maidamess Sat 30-Aug-08 18:07:47

Keep it watered. Add it to pasta (before serving) pop it on pizzas.

When I was pg basil smelt like cat's p*ss. Even though I like it now on the odd occasion it still makes me slightly queasy wink

Oh and yes, water it.

lucysmam Sat 30-Aug-08 18:22:31

lol DANCES, lovely! just add it to pasta/pizza as it is (chopped though obviously)?

sorry but it's true! yes, either roughly chopped or just leaves scattered in sort or thing.

PeaMcLean Sat 30-Aug-08 18:24:46

Anytime you use tomatoes, put some basil on too. Lovely on a salad. Sometimes I chop, sometimes I don't. It's not so strong you can't eat a whole one.

Joolyjoolyjoo Sat 30-Aug-08 18:27:07

Stuff chicken breasts with soft cheese, cherry tomatoes and fresh leaves of basil- yummy. That was what I was set to make this week, but for some reason I was given a coriander plant instead of basil in my online delivery and DH didn't notice- so send some to me!

Lucycat Sat 30-Aug-08 18:28:38

Wait until it's huge then use the whole lot to make pesto!

Snaf Sat 30-Aug-08 18:29:10

Make pesto!

My basil plant has taken over my tiny kitchen - I love it. Think fresh basil is one of my favourite smells.

MMMMMMMMmmmm coriander. I'm just about to add a big handful to the Dorowat that is simmering in my slow cooker. YUM!

trefusis Sat 30-Aug-08 18:30:36

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Califrau Sat 30-Aug-08 18:55:08

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lucysmam Sat 30-Aug-08 18:58:04

Joolyjooly, that sounds delish! will try next time i have some chicken in.

trefusis, that would be lovely, please.

I didn't realise it would be 'on it's way out' soon, will it not live over winter in my kitchen? sad

DANCESwith, what's Dorowat?

Snaf it smells absolutely lovely, keep getting a whiff as I walk past

lucysmam Sat 30-Aug-08 18:58:57

Califrau, do they not grow back as you use them?

trefusis Sat 30-Aug-08 19:03:59

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lucysmam Sat 30-Aug-08 19:06:55

yum, really simple too by the looks of that! thanks trefusis!

amidaiwish Sat 30-Aug-08 19:33:46

chop up tomatoes into a bowl
add plenty of olive oil, salt and pepper
lots of basil
leave to marinade. delish!

also add basil to roasted vegetables

avocado/tomato/mozzarella salad with basil leaves


p.s. i thought you had to be careful not to overwater basil - just water when the plant wilts? I've been doing this and my plant is lasting much longer than usual when i watered little and often

lucysmam Sat 30-Aug-08 19:42:42

the label on mine said water when the pot felt 'light' to lift, amidaiwish. so I assume when it starts wilting would probably be when the pot gets light

amidaiwish Sat 30-Aug-08 19:44:36

yes, it is definitely light when i water it now.

lucysmam Sat 30-Aug-08 19:46:32

how much water do you give it? & do you just let it soak it up or do you drain off any it hasn't drunk over however long you leave it?

amidaiwish Sat 30-Aug-08 19:51:46

i just run it under the tap. i make sure any excess has drained off and then put it back on very sunny windowsill.

lucysmam Sat 30-Aug-08 19:53:19

suppose that's the easier way of doing it! knowing my luck i'd over water it n it'd die!

Califrau Sat 30-Aug-08 20:05:04

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MrsJamin Sat 30-Aug-08 20:15:24

I use my basil plant so much now there's nearly no leaves on it! It's a good rule of thumb that you use basil whenever you use tomatoes - fresh or chopped. It really revolutionises a dish when you use fresh basil rather than dried. I use Oregano a lot too - can you buy that potted? I have not seen it in supermarkets along with the other potted herbs.

pointydog Sat 30-Aug-08 20:18:32

Bought from a supermarket? They're a rip-off and will soon die.

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